Vikingautställning på turné i USA: Nu öppnas portarna i Seattle
21 October 2018
En två år lång vikingautställning med 1 300 år gamla föremål från tiden före vikingatiden pågår just nu i USA. Föremålen förvaras i vanliga fall på Gustavianum i Uppsala men visas nu upp för en bredare publik på tre museer i USA. I dagarna öppnar utställningen The Vikings Begin på Nordic Museum i Seattle.
Utställningen kommer närmast från Mystic Seaport Museum utanför Boston. Den stannar i Seattle till mitten av april 2019 för att sedan åka vidare till American-Swedish Institute i Minneapolis i maj.
Utställningen The Vikings Begin – Treasures from Uppsala University har producerats av Gustavianum, Uppsala universitetsmuseum i samarbete med arkeologer vid universitetet. Syftet är att berätta om vikingatidens framväxt och är baserad på avancerad forskning och spännande föremål ur universitets samlingar.
För några år sedan fick Uppsalaprofessorn Neil Price, tillsammans med arkeologerna John Ljungkvist och Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, ett stort forskningsanslag från Vetenskapsrådet för projektet Vikingafenomenet. Samlingarna från just Valsgärde är viktiga för att kunna svara på frågor om hur vikingarnas samhälle blev till. Föremål ur samlingen finns därför med i utställningen i USA.
– Intresset i USA har hittills varit stort. I Boston hade utställningen nästan 86 000 besökare på fyra månader och när den nu öppnar här i Seattle verkar nyfikenheten vara minst lika stor, berättar Marika Hedin, museichef vid Gustavianum.
Läs tidigare nyhet: Ett skepp kommer lastat: Vikingautställning landar i USA
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